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National Gallery of Canada

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Neighborhood: Byward Market Area
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Address: 380 Sussex Dr, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9N4 , Canada
Phone Number: 613-990-1985
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Dating back to 1880, this visual arts museum holds in trust a collection...
Dating back to 1880, this visual arts museum holds in trust a collection of European and Canadian paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and photos.
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World Class Art Museum

I've been many times and always enjoy it! There are permanent exhibits of fabulous Canadian Art and masterpieces from around the world representing any era you care to see. On... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 29, 2015
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Canton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

I've been many times and always enjoy it! There are permanent exhibits of fabulous Canadian Art and masterpieces from around the world representing any era you care to see. On this occasion we went specifically to experience a sound installation in the Rideau Chapel, the full interior of which has been rebuilt inside the National Gallery building. The Forty Part... More 

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Maldon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Living near London, England we are rather spoilt for world class galleries, such as the National, The Tate, Tate Modern, Courtald Institute etc. We were not sure how the NGC could compare but we were delighted with the collections on view. The gallery building is stunning and when we visited just before Christmas 2014 it was to say the least... More 

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ottawa canada
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92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Wide collection of art from Early European, Canadian to contemporary. The collection is on two floors. It's good to use a map so you don't miss anything. There's are also small sculptures spread out around the gallery. You are now allowed to take photos without a flash on most of the art. There is a large bookshop. It's free on... More 

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Oswego, New York
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

It was wonderful to see so many artworks we had never seen. The building itself is a treasure. Not crowded, helpful attendants, and very affordable entry fee.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

I don’t really like modern art, but the collection at National Gallery of Canada is very interesting and attractive. I, for the first time, enjoyed “modern art.” I looked Escher’s exhibitions, and that was also great. I spent much more time than I expected.

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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Exploring this museum with its striking collection of Canadian and impressionistic art is a breathtaking experience.Don't miss having a docent describe the works of The Group of Seven; they love to share their knowledge with you. The building itself is an architectural delight with light streaming in through soaring windows. Before leaving visit the gift shop with its large array... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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34 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

This is a nice museum that you can really enjoy the art collections, not just looking at it.. not like museums in NYC that packed with people.. you can really have good connection with those art works and feel the size and space of it.. friendly and helpful staffs.. and of course, you can find nice gifts in the gift... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

I went to see the Tom Thompson (Group of Seven) exhibit and also entered other (free) exhibits. The building is massive, but easy to navigate and open to the outside. It was a pleasant experience even solo.

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Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

This is a great place to take a memorable pic of huge spider sculpture. It is big and creepy... i loved it!

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Penticton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Great art, great architecture, great setting and views, a great place to visit. I was here in Dec for the Escher exhibit and it was terrific. Have been visiting this large National Gallery treasure for many years and it's always a delight. It is located in a fun part of Ottawa, on Sussex Dr just off the Market area, a... More 

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